Hey there Perfume Posse, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes is a very special Indie Perfumer. You may have noticed I do love the Independents. They have more scope, less restrictions, are free to dream and express their fragrant selves to the limits of their potential. While I’m sure they test their creations on friends and fans there are no boardrooms filled with tweens and twenty somethings whose every word is hung upon and who can make or break a frag before it even reaches the public domain.
DSH Perfumes: Sienna by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cinnamon leaf, curry leaf, pink pepper
Heart: Basmati, cinnamon bark, honey, white oak
Base: Civet, labdanum, leather, peru balm, tolu balm
Spicy, green, like a Bouquet Garni about to go into the soup pot. Gourmand but not sweet in the sugar or bakery sense, here we have delicious food from a whole world filled with magical flavours. I am surprised mostly that Bay Leaf is not mentioned in the notes because that is exactly how Sienna opens on my skin. It’s sharp and green and herbaceous with a very fizzy pink pepper and the opening lasts for a while happily before smoothing out.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Then the cinnamon comes through, tangy, sweet and spicy, and potent. Only slightly sofdtened by the honey and I really don’t get the basmarti sadly because I think it smells so good when it’s cooking. Even after 3 or 4 hours I get this wonderful cinnamon & bay fragrance and at this point the leather makes its appearance, a soft new leather, fresh from the store in a jacket or couch with the softest hint of resins. Really it could be inside a Chinese or Indian spice store. A melange of beautiful fragrances all working together towards a magical scent that is Sienna and no other.
Here is fragrance made for sheer olfactory pleasure, a quiet, introverted pleasure that will waft up to surprise you throughout its excellent wear time. Sienna will also change the air a little behind you creating an unusual sillage that is most enticing. After I sprayed today I left the room to make a cuppa and on my return the room smelled gorgeous, it made me instantly check to see if it was Sienna, it was.
Photo Stolen CoClouds
Sienna wears very loud for about 20 minutes before it sinks gracefully into my skin and becomes a soft spicy wash. Noticeable if you look for it or are close enough to sniff but soft enough that I think it could be an excellent day to day scent, no one will be skunked by Sienna once it settles. You will be fragrant but not in your face.
DSH Perfumes has EdP from $5/.5ml and Body Lotion
Have you spent any time with DSH Perfumes? Do you have a favourite?